On the evening of 8 February 1930, a train spirited Prokofiev and his wife Lina south from New York City. The cloudy skies and freezing temperatures of the upper East Coast soon gave way to the sun-filled horizons of the American South. Pleased that he had chosen a route that brought him through more temperate climes, Prokofiev tended to his correspondence and updated his journal. In the latter, he remarked that the journey—which would eventually bring him to Los Angeles—afforded several days of respite in the midst of his North American concert tour, already more than a month in progress. Along the way, he recorded travel highlights that included the French Quarter of New Orleans, the rafts that ferried passengers across the swamps of southern Mississippi, and the warmth of the desert Southwest, where Prokofiev enjoyed sitting on the rear platform without an overcoat.
|The Prokofievs in Cuba, March 1930.|
Ecerpt from Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film (Oxford UP, 2013).
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- See also Simon Morrison, Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, 2013) and BBC World News feature.